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Liza
Loop
History of Computing in Learning and Education
Alumna
Stanford University

learning, education, history of computing, cognition, educational technology, educational software, systems thinking, virtual museums, metadata, goal-free evaluation

I am building a Virtual Museum with scholar's interface on the History of Computing in Learning and Education (HCLE). Fred Turner turned me on to this organization. My current research is focused on the practical problems of building an online museum. Once HCLE is launched I will return to research on unintended learning in formal and non-formal learning environments.

Mark
Nelson
Artificial intelligence, generative art
Researcher
Anadrome Research

Background in artificial intelligence, with an interest in the history of the field. Formerly a professor (IT University of Copenhagen), and currently at a small independent research organization focused on archives and technological history.

Leo
Corry
History of Mathematics
Professor
Tel Aviv University
Aurelien
Berra
Digital Humanities
Assistant Professor
Université Paris-Ouest, France

I am interested in Digital Humanities. SIGCIS was mentioned by Willard McCarty on the "Humanist" list.

Bjorn
Westergard
Labor processes in computation/communications work

An ordinary language approach to understanding intentionality in technical contexts, particularly the development of software. The prefiguration of software in pre-stored-program-computer labor processes. The political economy of automation in general.

Theodora
Vardouli
Design and Computation
PhD Candidate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I am a PhD Candidate in Design and Computation at MIT, researching intellectual and institutional histories of design and computation in European and North American contexts during the 1960s and 1970s. Construing computation broadly as formal and mathematical systems including but not limited to those implemented in digital computers, I look at the ways in which such systems have generated thinking about the design disciplines and their participating subjects - both designers and users. My current focus is on entanglements of modern mathematics, the digital computer, and architectural culture in the 1960s-1970s and their role in the emergence of participatory design theories. I found out about SIGCIS through the MIT STS Department, in which I am minoring, and found it perfectly aligned with my research interests and fields of intended contribution.

Andrew
Russell
Associate Professor and Director, Program in Science & Technology Studies
College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology

Andrew L. Russell is an associate professor in the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the author of "Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks" (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He has published articles and book chapters on the history of the Internet, telecommunications standards, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He is a graduate of Vassar College (B.A. History, 1996), the University of Colorado at Boulder (M.A. History, 2003), and the Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D. History of Science and Technology, 2007), and worked in the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government from 1997 to 1999. His research and writing has been supported by the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado, the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota, the IEEE History Center, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. He is the Reviews Editor for IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, a member of the IEEE Computer Society History Committee, and Chair of SIGCIS, an international collective of computing historians.

Reem
Hilu
New media studies
PhD Candidate
Northwestern University

History of domestic computing especially computer games and playful media. I learned about the listserv from a fellow graduate student that attended SHOT.

Anne
Pasek
Infrastructure Failure
Doctoral Student
New York University

History of digital media, politics of technology, performative stakes of computing, failure, queer and disability studies, ecology, resilient communalism, technologies for the anthropocene

Stephen
Cass
8- and 16-bit home computers
Senior Editor
IEEE Spectrum

I am a technology journalist, with a long standing interest in historical coverage of my beat areas. (For example, my article on Mission Control's handling of the Apollo 13 crisis was reprinted as a chapter in the University of Nebraska's "Footsteps in the Dust", as part of their "Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight Series" ( see http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Footprints-in-the-Dust,674567.aspx ). Currently, I have a particular interest in practical and contemporary implementations of old computer technologies (for example, see http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/build-your-own-enigma-cipher-machine , http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/create-a-wheel-of-excuses-with-basic-and-the-new-raspberry-pi , and http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/build-a-delayline-memory-out-of-mostly-thin-air ). SIGCIS was recommended to me by my colleague at IEEE Spectrum, Jean Kumagai.

Stephen
Kaisler
Computer Science
Consultant (also Adjunct Faculty in Dept. of Computer Science)
SHK & Associates (also George Washington University)

Big Data; Advanced Analytics, Historical Computing Machines; Natural Language Processing; Artifical Intelligence; Machine learning

Shuang
Lu
Anthropology
PhD student
Harvard University

Taxi-calling applications; Sharing Economy

Tiago
Soares
History of Technology
Researcher and PhD Candidate
University of Sao Paulo

Tech, History, Science, Science Fiction, Economics, Politics

Julie
Cohn
Energy History, History of Technology
Research Historian
Center for Public History, University of Houston

History of technology, energy history, environmental history, development of North American power grid, use of computers by American utilities.

Rebecca
Lemov
history of human sciences and history of technology
Assoc. Prof.
History of science Harvard

I'm writing a book called "Database of Dreams: Social Science's Forgotten Archive of How to Be Human" about mid-20th-century experiments in collecting large amounts of "subjective materials" as data and storing it in microform (to be published by Yale Univ Press in Fall 2015). I also teach a class called "Big Data: Past, Present, Future" in my department (a seminar). I found out about SIGCIS because two grad students mentioned they subscribed to it, and the discussions sounded interesting.

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bosh
Gregg
Zachary
Christopher
French
Philosophy and History of Science
PhD Candidate
University of British Columbia

As a philosopher: Reception of Logical Empiricism, Nature of Inference (including machine learning and theoretical statistics), Herbert Simon's work on Bounded Rationality and Satisficing, Decision Theory.

Re History of CS: "the" transformation, both technically and sociologically, from AI to machine learning, the nature of CS as a science and broader relationships between engineering and the sciences.

I found SIGCIS by noticing the affiliation of the author who wrote this article: http://m.cacm.acm.org/magazines/2015/1/181633-the-tears-of-donald-knuth/fulltext

Daniel
Ferrell
History of Technology/Digital Technology
Finance
Boyce College

Writing on the history of technology.